Tigers edge Rangers behind Moats’ three-hitter

Scott Moats tossed a three-hitter on Thursday, helping Circleville to a 1-0 Mid-State League Buckeye Division baseball win over host Hamilton Township.
Moats needed 89 pitches to navigate his way through the Rangers in the complete game effort, throwing first-pitch strikes to all but five batters he faced. The Circleville junior issued one walk and struck out eight.
The Tigers scored the lone run of the game in the seventh inning.
Parker Kidwell led off the final frame by working a walk and later advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw.
Following a fly out and bunt single by Moats that advanced Kidwell to third, Wyatt Thatcher singled to left to put the Tigers on the board.
Moats retired the Rangers in order to put the finishing touch on the complete game win, notching a pair of strikeouts.
Nick Burns went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and Moats also was 2-for-2.
The Tigers (7-5, 5-2) continue league play on Friday when they host Fairfield Union.

Zane Trace 12,
Westfall 7

Zane Trace used a seven-run fifth inning to take control of a Scioto Valley Conference game and defeat host Westfall 12-7.
The Mustangs scored three in the third inning and their final four runs in the seventh.
Ashton Nunemaker was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Seth Gifford was 2-for-4 and drove in a run for the Mustangs (5-5, 3-4), who continue conference play on Friday when they host Huntington.

Softball
Westfall 13,
Zane Trace 2

Abbie Bickenheuser smacked a trio of home runs and drove in eight runs on Thursday, leading Westfall to a 13-2 win over visiting Zane Trace in a five-inning SVC contest.
The Mustangs used a six-run fourth to take an 8-2 lead and added five more runs to finish off the run-rule win in the fifth.
Bickenheuser hit a grand slam, three-run homer and solo shot.
The Mustangs pounded out 16 hits in the win. Sydney Fuller followed Bickenheuser by going a perfect 3-for-3 and scored twice. Delana Landefeld went 2-for-3 and scored three times, Olivia Dumm was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored and Makayla Cook chipped in a 2-for-3 day with an RBI.
Dumm allowed five hits and two unearned runs in the pitching circle. She walked a batter and struck out seven.
The Mustangs (11-2, 6-1) open the second round of conference play on Friday when they host Huntington.

Teays Valley 12,
Liberty Union 1

Teays Valley assembled 12 hits on Thursday on its way to a 12-1 MSL-Buckeye win over visiting Liberty Union in five innings.
The Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and expanded their advantage to 9-0 entering the fourth.
Lauren Park went a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, Emma Helwagen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Reagan Mengerink added a 2-for-4 evening and drove in four runs.
Sydney Manring allowed two hits and an unearned run to record the complete game win. The TV freshman walked a batter and struck out five.
The Vikings (10-1, 6-0) continue league play today when they host Amanda-Clearcreek.

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